Dunga brought in many changes in Brazil National Football Team

7 Jan

Dunga, the Brazil national Football team boss, has made it clear that there is no rift between his players on the issue of captaincy as being suggested by the media of late.

The first thing that Dunga had done after taking over as the Selecao manager was to change the captain. He had replaced Thiago Silva with the star striker Neymar.

It did not go that well with Silva which was obvious as he had done a good job leading the side in the World Cup.
Moreover, Silva also said that he was not even informed about being relieved from the captaincy.

But, last night during the game versus Austria, when Neymar left the field, he gave his captain’s band to Silva.

According to Dunga, Silva is always one of the leaders in this group with the experience that he has. It little matters whether he is the one wearing the armband or not. He has to guide the players in any case as he is one of the seniors around.

Speaking after the Austria game, Dunga said, “I believe in doing things in organised way. The press might try to portray this situation as some sort of controversy, but, let me assure you it’s not like that at all. The boys are pretty happy.”

“It is the responsibility of every senior player to try and guide the juniors around, no matter who has that captain’s band on his arm.”

The game versus Austria was Siva’s first appearance for Brazil after the World Cup. He had been nursing his thigh injury in the last few months.

The centre-half did not start in that Austria game though. It’s Miranda who was in the starting XI. Silva was brought in late in the second half.

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Dunga Not Going To Change Squad MUch

3 Oct

Dunga, the Brazil boss, has made it clear that he is a believer of continuity in the squad and that’s why, he is not going to chop and change the players too much.

In the Brazilian squad that Dunga has announced for the forthcoming games against Argentina and Japan, there are just a couple of new players. The rest are the same who had featured versus Ecuador and Colombia a couple of weeks ago.
According to Dunga, if a team has to win regularly, it must have consistent core.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, Dunga said, “Core is very important especially when you consider the fact that the international sides play very few matches per month. If you make too many changes, the guys would never gel with each other and there would always be problems in coordination and all.”

“At this level, potential alone is not everything. Your concentration and your attitude play a major part.”

Dunga also tried to press the point that it’s necessary for all the eleven players on the pitch to try and contribute, otherwise, the pressure on match winners like Neymar increases.

In the words of the Selecao head, “Each and every guy in the squad should carry the responsibility. It’s never good to be dependent on a particular guy all the time, no matter how special he is. It has been the case with us before. We have been dependent on players like Pele, but, players like that also need assistance. You’ve got to make the play for them.”

Neymar was the only Brazil player who seemed to be playing world class football versus Ecuador and Colombia. His one goal and one assist helped Brazil win both those games, both by the margin of 1-0.

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Dunga Not Going To Change Squad MUch

3 Oct

Dunga, the Brazil boss, has made it clear that he is a believer of continuity in the squad and that’s why, he is not going to chop and change the players too much.

In the Brazilian squad that Dunga has announced for the forthcoming games against Argentina and Japan, there are just a couple of new players. The rest are the same who had featured versus Ecuador and Colombia a couple of weeks ago.
According to Dunga, if a team has to win regularly, it must have consistent core.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, Dunga said, “Core is very important especially when you consider the fact that the international sides play very few matches per month. If you make too many changes, the guys would never gel with each other and there would always be problems in coordination and all.”

“At this level, potential alone is not everything. Your concentration and your attitude play a major part.”

Dunga also tried to press the point that it’s necessary for all the eleven players on the pitch to try and contribute, otherwise, the pressure on match winners like Neymar increases.

In the words of the Selecao head, “Each and every guy in the squad should carry the responsibility. It’s never good to be dependent on a particular guy all the time, no matter how special he is. It has been the case with us before. We have been dependent on players like Pele, but, players like that also need assistance. You’ve got to make the play for them.”

Neymar was the only Brazil player who seemed to be playing world class football versus Ecuador and Colombia. His one goal and one assist helped Brazil win both those games, both by the margin of 1-0.

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Dunga Ready To Take Over From Scolari

28 Jul

Dunga is all set to take over the post of Brazil boss from Luiz Felipe Scolari.

There has not been any official announcement of the appointment yet, but, the information coming from the sources suggest that the deal between the confederation and Dunga is done and at some point of time next week, the official announcement would be made.

Dunga has been the manager of Brazil before. He was given the responsibility for the first time in 2006 and he had worked till 2010. He had not done badly in charge at all as the team had won more than 65% matches played under him.
But, after the loss that Brazil suffered in the Round of 8 in the World Cup in South Africa, Dunga left his position.

If Dunga gets appointed for his second stint, there would be a big challenge ahead of him. He would be expected to oversee the transition period of the Brazilian team smoothly. He had done something similar to that during his first tenure as well though.

Dunga is one of those coaches who don’t mind making controversial selections. He doesn’t select a certain player in the team only because of his reputation. He is a bold man and he does what he thinks is correct for the team.
The 50-year Old has also skippered Brazil at the World Cup level. It’s him under whom the men in yellow had become the World Champions in 1994.

Earlier, it was Adenor Leonardo Bacchi who was the favourite to be Scolari’s replacement. Many people in the Brazilian confederation were supposed to be impressed with his work as Corinthians boss and thus, wanted him to be appointed, but, now, it seems that Dunga has left him behind in the race.

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Scolari Holds Back Key Players During Friendlies

5 Jun

Just like the rest of the nations that will be participating in the 2014 World Cup, Brazil has a few friendly matches scheduled to take place a few days before the start of the worldwide tournament.

Felipe Scolari revealed that he might not play with all of his key players during these friendly encounters and he will solely rely on what the medical staff of the nation announces as the Brazilian coach does not want to risk anything.
“For this first match we will follow what the medical department tells us. The group will be evaluated again over the weekend and then we will know who will be fit. We don’t want to risk anything before the World Cup.” Scolari revealed to the media.

The young Brazilian playmaker from Chelsea, Oscar is completing the last stages of his recovery after he sustained a muscle injury and is likely to be sidelined during Brazil’s friendly encounter against Panama.

Brazil is going to be the hosts of the next World Cup and Felipe Scolari is confident that his team can be crowned as the champions in their homeland and that he neither his players feel any kind of pressure.

“There is no pressure on Brazil. Brazil is not under pressure to be the world champions. Brazil will be the champion. I wouldn’t have accepted the Brazil job if I didn’t think we could win the World Cup. I wouldn’t be leading the team I’d be sitting at home. I took this job because I’m 100 per cent convinced that I will win the World Cup with Brazil.” Scolari admitted.

Scolari has already lifted the World Cup trophy with Brazil in 2002 and he is positive that it’s going to happen again.

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NEW UNITED TRIO

7 Feb

When David Moyes was asked if he has the best attacking trio in the Premier League he replied:

“I think they will be when we get them ready and totally match fit all of them and gelled together. We need to give Juan Mata time to settle in and not get too far ahead of ourselves too quickly. The one good thing is that because he has Premier League experience and being in the league and being at a big club, coming here should be a little easier.

“But we still have to be mindful that there is a change and we have to give him time for that to happen.”

Stoke City secured their 1st league victory over United on Saturday evening with Charlie Adam leading the way for his team. This accomplishment was something that Stoke City was unable to do since 1984.

As the pressure continues building up for David Moyes, some fans and critics are stating that the performance made by the players of Manchester United was disastrous even with the Spanish midfielder Juan Mata trying to make his presence felt on the 2nd match that he wears the jersey of the ‘’Red Devils’’.

According to David Moyes however, the Scottish tactician believes that the players did everything they could to win and it just all down to bad luck.

“I thought the performance was really good. I thought we played well,” Moyes told reporters. “We had bad luck, we really did. It was our own downfall that we didn’t score our chances. We must have got to the byline eight, nine, 10 times but we never pulled the ball back or never picked someone out in the box so it’s our own undoing.

“I thought we were the better team. They get a goal, we get back in it, I thought we were the team more likely. We only have ourselves to blame. The amount of opportunities we had today we should’ve won the game out of sight. It was a good performance; we just couldn’t take those chances.

If the ‘’bad luck’’ continues on being the source to blame for Moyes, his job will certainly be in jeopardy soon enough.

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SCOLARI WATCHES KAKA

6 Jan

The manager of the Brazil national football team, Luiz Felipe Scolari, was at San Siro the other day to watch the Serie A game between the two local rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan and he was quite disappointed with what he saw there.

One of his main players Kaka was featuring for AC Milan and he had gone there expecting a quality performance from him. But, that didn’t happen. Kaka was not anywhere close to his best in the game and that left Scolari gutted.

The outcome of the match went in the favour of Inter Milan. They won by 1-0 and moved up to no. 5 in the Serie A points table.

On the other hand, for AC Milan, it was their 6th defeat in the league and they have now drifted down to the 13th position in the table. They have got just 19 points in 17 matches.

However, Scolari’s disappointment didn’t have anything to do with AC Milan’s performance. He was there for the Brazilian players and it’s their performance which was going to matter for him.

Talking to the reporters at the end of the game, the Brazil boss said, “I had come here to watch the performance of my players and I think they played alright.”

“As far as Kaka is concerned, I had expected a better performance from him. I wouldn’t say he performed badly, but, his game was not up to that level.”

When asked about the chances of Kaka being selected in the Brazilian squad for the upcoming World Cup finals, Scolari said, “I can’t say anything right now. There is still plenty of time left for the World Cup to start.”
Brazil will play its first match in the World Cup finals against Croatia on 12th of June.

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CBF want Brazil to strip Diego Costa of citizenship

12 Nov

CBF, the football federation of Brazil has demanded that Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa be stripped of his Brazilian citizenship.

The 25 year old striker has caused a lot of controversy in the football world recently after snubbing the advances of his nation to play for his adopted country Spain. And the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has made it clear that it is their intention that the player be stripped of his citizenship of the country and they have also stated that they are aiming to start legal proceedings with both FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport to stop him playing for the world champions.

Costa has already played in two friendly matches for the five time world champions and the hosts of 2014 World Cup earlier in 2013 and now, he has snubbed the chance of playing under Luiz Felipe Scolari to represent Spain, who has jumped at the opportunity of securing the star striker’s services.

Carlos Lopes of the CBF has stated that it is quite obvious that the reason for making his choice was based on finances and he wants Brazil to take strong action against the player. He also added that the chairman of the CBF has authorized him to open a proceeding with the Justice Ministry of the country which will see the player lose his citizenship, something Costa has rejected.

Lopes also sent that he was put under immense pressure to make the decision. He talked about his love for Brazil in a letter sent to CBF and stated that he felt honored to play for the Canaries but that very year, he has decided to play for Spain and has been called up for two friendly matches.

Lopes has also stated that Scolari not try anymore to change the heart of the player.

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Lucas Leiva still hopeful of breaking into the Brazil

29 Aug

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is aiming to get back his place in the Brazil side ahead of next summer FIFA World Cup on home soil.

The Liverpool star, who has endured a long spell on the sidelines due to several injuries over the last couple of years, is still hopeful of forcing his way back into the side ahead of the spectacle next summer. The Reds midfielder has not featured for the Canaries in the last two years, first being ruled out by an ACL injury and then again last season due to a thigh problem. He also missed the FIFA Confederations Cup on home soil that the Brazilian team won for the third successive time.

But the 26 year old still has hopes of breaking into the side, adding that he can bring to the Brazil what he does to the Liverpool team – providing an extra layer of protection for the defenders at the back as well as play balls to the attacking players. He mentioned that this has been his job at Liverpool and if he does it right, it could hand him a ticket to next summer’s World Cup. He mentioned that he played the same role under Mano Menezes, the former coach of the Brazilian national team who had given him a greater role in the side.

He also admitted that every match the team plays without him diminishes his chance of playing at the World Cup because there is not much time to adapt to the team’s style of play but he is not willing to give up just yet and there is still time for him to force his way through to the Brazil side once again and has vowed that he will work extra hard to realize his dream of playing the tournament.

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ENGLAND AND BRAZIL DRAW

24 Jun

The friendly match played between Brazil and England at Rio de Janeiro on Monday has ended in a draw. Both the teams scored two goals each in the match.

It was a cracker of a game. The standard of the performance of both the teams was quite high and the fans out there were thoroughly entertained.

The English manager Roy Hodgson made some changes in the starting XI that had featured against Republic of Ireland. Phil Jones, Leighton Baines and James Milner got starting opportunities in this game.
There were some speculations before the game that Theo Walcott might play upfront, but, that didn’t happen. Walcott again started at the right wing.

For Brazil, it was Neymar who started upfront along with Fred, Hulk and Oscar.

Brazil started aggressively and created a couple of opportunities in the first 10 minutes, but, the English defenders were alert on both the occasions and they didn’t let any damage being done.

Just a few minutes before the half time break, England also got a chance. A great pass from Glen Johnson went to Theo Walcott who was about 10 yards away from the penalty box. Walcott went past a couple of Brazilian defenders and played a flat shot towards the post, but, he couldn’t place the ball well. It went straight to Julio Cesar who stopped it with ease.

The first goal of the match was finally scored in the 12th minute of the second half. It was Brazil which took the lead courtesy of a fine goal from Fred. A long ball from Anderson bounced back after hitting the cross bar and Fred was quick to cash on that opportunity. He dabbed the ball home to take his team ahead.

However, the hosts lost their lead soon. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a superb strike in the 68th minute equalized the scores and brought England back into the match.

Wayne Rooney gave England a lead of 2-1 just a few minutes later. He beautifully deflected James Milner’s cross into the top corner of the net. Julio Cesar tried his best to make a save, but, it was out of his reach.

The hosts were under pressure after getting trailed by a goal, but, they didn’t panic at all. They stayed calm and managed to score the leveller in the 83rd minute. Paulinho was the one who did it for Brazil. Lucas Moura set up the goal with a wonderful cross and Paulinho finished it in an acrobatic style.

None of the two teams managed to find the net in the remaining time and the match was a draw.

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